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Public Transit Ridership and Car-Oriented Cities: The Case of the Dallas Region

Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington Texas, TX 76019, USA
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Economies 2019, 7(3), 86; https://doi.org/10.3390/economies7030086
Received: 23 June 2019 / Revised: 3 August 2019 / Accepted: 19 August 2019 / Published: 27 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from 2019 IAC-MEM/IAC-MEBM Conferences)
U.S. cities have invested large amounts of sums on public transit and urban rail in the last few decades, but the transit usage in most of these car-oriented cities is very low, and previous efforts to increase ridership have been mostly fruitless. This research examines the factors affecting transit ridership in a large car-oriented metropolitan setting and uses the Dallas region in the United States as a case for the study to identify factors that could help in increasing ridership. Most previous studies of transit ridership have not included many of the variables thought to influence transit ridership. Therefore, the disparities among the findings of empirical research completed to date point to the necessity for further study. This study addresses these shortcomings by exploring multiple factors, measuring population, technology, geography, and socioeconomic characteristics. View Full-Text
Keywords: transit ridership; rail transit; bus transit; Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART); intelligent transit information systems (ITIS) transit ridership; rail transit; bus transit; Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART); intelligent transit information systems (ITIS)
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Daqrouq, A.; Anjomani, A. Public Transit Ridership and Car-Oriented Cities: The Case of the Dallas Region. Economies 2019, 7, 86.

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